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Using the Magic Wand tool

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Video: Using the Magic Wand tool

In this very special after-school exercise, I want to show you how to use the Magic Wand tool here inside of Illustrator, which may lead many of you to go, Oh! Are you thinking of Photoshop because that's the program that has a Magic Wand in it? To which I would say No, look, right there, Magic Wand tool inside Illustrator, been there for years. Nobody knows about it because nobody uses it and it's easy just to sort of not even acknowledge that it's there in the toolbox but it is there and what we are going to do is we are going to use it to select all of the black items in Uzz here and turn them to white, so he has a white hot glow associated with him.

Using the Magic Wand tool

In this very special after-school exercise, I want to show you how to use the Magic Wand tool here inside of Illustrator, which may lead many of you to go, Oh! Are you thinking of Photoshop because that's the program that has a Magic Wand in it? To which I would say No, look, right there, Magic Wand tool inside Illustrator, been there for years. Nobody knows about it because nobody uses it and it's easy just to sort of not even acknowledge that it's there in the toolbox but it is there and what we are going to do is we are going to use it to select all of the black items in Uzz here and turn them to white, so he has a white hot glow associated with him.

So, I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far. It's this document Black Zorble.ai found inside of the 10_select _enhance folder and I want to use the Magic Wand tool to select all of the black elements here and as I said, we are going to turn them to white. Now, before we can select them, however, we have a lot of locked layers. Notice that right here. I want you to unlock all of the layers just by dragging up across the Lock icons and all of the layers except for Articulate should be visible. All right, now I want you to go to the Magic Wand tool and the Magic Wand tool has a palette and to get to the palette, you double-click on the Magic Wand.

That's the easiest thing to do. You can also go to the Window menu and you can choose Magic Wand command. That's another option. But typically easier, just double-click on the tool and I want you to see something here. Notice that the Magic Wand tool has a keyboard shortcut of Y, whereas in Photoshop, the keyboard shortcut is W and then Photoshop was the one that inspired Illustrator to have a Magic Wand. The tool appeared in Photoshop first. So, you might wonder, well, why doesn't Illustrator use the W key instead of the Y key and the reason it doesn't use the W key is because the W key is busily being assigned to the Blend tool, which has no W in it, and you never need that tool. The only thing you ever do with that tool, you will see when we come to the Blend tool in later chapter, you double-click on it in order to edit the existing blends, otherwise, it's not terribly useful. So, anyway, we have got the Y key which also of course, does not appear anywhere on Magic Wand, so that makes sense, in the wacky world of Illustrator.

Here is what you need to do though, double-click on the tool to bring up the Magic Wand palette and I want you to click this guy until you can see everybody inside of the palette. Just so you can see that, you can select on its base, Fill Color, Stroke Color, Stroke Weight, Opacity and Blending Mode, just amazing and you can also select objects across layers as long as go over here to the palette menu icon and make sure that Use All Layers is turned on, so that you can select across layers. Okay, in my case, if I were to click on the outline for this eye, for example, I would select the lips and the hands, which is okay, but I want to select everything that's stroked with black. Well, the reason I'm getting everything that's filled with red is because I have Fill Color turned on. So I'm going to turn off Fill Color and I'm going to turn on Stroke Color and I have to do it again because this is a static function. So I'm going to go ahead and click on an eyelash this time and that gets everybody notice that everybody who is stroked with black and that's great and then I could go ahead and stroke all those guys with white, if I wanted to, by making sure the stroke is active or you know what, I could just go up here to the Control palette and click on this second icon right there and change it from black to white.

Now, this isn't looking too good. I want to warn you upfront, it's going to look worse before it looks better. How about that? So, I'll click off in order to deselect. Now, let's turn on Fill Color, turn off Stroke Color. We need to get the items that are filled with black, click inside or actually we need to click on the path for the pupil right there and that's going to select not only the pupil but also the arms and of course his festive pants right there and we need to change the Fill this time to white and that also looks truly hideous, don't worry about him, we are going to take care of that. How are we going to take care of the hideousness? Well, in a couple of different ways. First of all, I think, we need to be able to see those buttons. Notice that the buttons have gone away.

So, I'm going to go up to the Select menu and I'm going to choose Buttons and the buttons are currently just white. They have white strokes and they don't have any fill at all. So, let's go ahead and change the fill to red to make them sort of match the hands and then I'm also going to change the stroke to red and that's going to make those buttons look a lot better, I think. All right, let' go ahead and escape out of that palette, let's switch back to the Black Arrow tool because we don't need the Magic Wand anymore. What we do need at this point is the ability to select all of these shapes. What I want to do is I want to stroke everything now with a black stroke to set off the whiteness. It doesn't look terribly great against the background currently. So, I'm going to select one of these white objects here, and I'm going to go up to the Select Similar function and I'm going to say that I want to select things based on Stroke Color as it is selected. So I could just click on this icon right there as well. That will go ahead and select all similarly stroked items.

Now, what's the difference between this and the Magic Wand? Well, the Magic Wand, notice I'll bring back up the palette, has a Tolerance option, so it's going to go searching for things that fall inside of a range. So it would select not only white strokes or in this case, Fills because that's the way we have got it setup, but it would select not only white fills but also things that are very close to white that fall within 20% within white. So things that are very light for example, will also get selected. Whereas this guy only selects things that are absolutely the same color. So just little bit more information for you. If you want to select things in a range in Magic Wand, otherwise, you can get most of your selecting done using this option, to be quite honest with you.

In addition to the items that I have selected here, I also need to Shift-click on this pants thing right there. So, I need to select it as well and that was with the Black Arrow tool, by the way, and I Shift-click. Now I'm going to go up to the Edit menu and choose the Copy command, Ctr+C, Command+C on the Mac. All right, now let's go down to the text layer right there and let's press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac to deselect everything. Let's create a new layer inside the palette, so I'm going to Alt-click or Option-click on this little Layer icon. And I'll call this one Black outlines and I'll click OK in order to create the Black Outlines layer. And then, I'm going to press Ctr+F or Command+F on the Mac in order to invoke the Paste in Front command. As long as nothing is selected, everything will go on this new layer as we are seeing right here.

Now, I want you to outline all of these strokes. This is going to be the best way to work. So, go up to the Object menu, choose Path and remember this command that we gave a shortcut to right there, Outline Stroke, so if you gave it a keyboard shortcut, way back when and you went ahead and saved off that keyboard shortcut is Deke key, or what have you, then it's Ctrl+/ on a PC, Command+/ on the Mac or whatever key stroke you chose. Anyway, let's choose the command. That goes an outlines all of those items. Now, we want one continuous shape that is all of this whiteness together. So, I'm going to take you over to the Pathfinder palette, which you an get to by choosing Pathfinder from the Window menu as well, and then you just need to click on Unite to unite all these shapes into a single overarching Uber shape like so.

And that looks great. Of course, it doesn't look any different than it looked before. Now though, we can apply a stroke to it and I'm going to go ahead and give it a nice rich black stroke. That's what we want for this. So, click on the Rich Black swatch there, after you click on Stroke of course up here on the Control palette, and then change the Stroke Weight to something like six points, like so. That looks pretty darn good. And then I'm just going to press the right arrow key a few times to nudge this stroked item over to the right and then the down arrow key a few times as well, and then we get kind of this double effect as we are seeing here. And then I'm going to click off the shape in order to deselect it and that is the final threatening Zorble. Zorble the horrible. Now thanks to the fact that we have made him white instead of black, he is just completely a hazardous material at this point and that wraps up the first project in this chapter.

In the next project, the next exercise as well, we are going to take a look at how to create an overwrought lace pattern. Join me.

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Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 42m 7s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 58s
    2. The Welcome screen
      3m 2s
    3. Creating a new document
      5m 6s
    4. Advanced document controls
      4m 43s
    5. Saving a custom New Document Profile
      8m 46s
    6. Changing the document setup
      4m 21s
    7. Special artboard controls
      4m 58s
    8. Accepting artboard changes
      2m 19s
    9. Saving a document
      4m 33s
    10. Closing a document
      2m 21s
  2. 1h 0m
    1. Adobe Bridge
      56s
    2. Opening an illustration
      4m 45s
    3. Modifying an illustration
      6m 27s
    4. Saving changes
      4m 58s
    5. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      8m 41s
    6. The all-important file type associations
      3m 20s
    7. Navigating inside Bridge
      4m 23s
    8. Previewing and collecting
      5m 55s
    9. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    10. Customizing a workspace
      6m 14s
    11. Cool Bridge tricks
      8m 17s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      35s
    2. Keyboard increments
      5m 12s
    3. Scratch disks
      3m 48s
    4. Changing the user interface and setting Appearance of Black
      4m 14s
    5. Best workflow color settings
      9m 17s
    6. Synchronizing settings across CS4
      3m 2s
    7. Working inside tabbed windows
      7m 14s
    8. Organizing palettes
      5m 4s
    9. Saving a custom workspace
      4m 12s
    10. Zooming and panning
      4m 19s
    11. Using the Zoom tool
      3m 3s
    12. Navigating the artboards
      5m 5s
    13. Nudging the screen image
      3m 3s
    14. Scroll-wheel tricks
      2m 8s
    15. Cycling between screen modes
      4m 39s
  4. 1h 22m
    1. The Wedjat (or Eye of Horus)
      55s
    2. The line tools
      2m 57s
    3. Introducing layers
      5m 10s
    4. Creating ruler guides
      6m 18s
    5. Creating custom guides
      5m 16s
    6. Snap-to points
      5m 25s
    7. Organizing guides
      5m 43s
    8. Making a tracing template
      3m 42s
    9. Drawing a line segment
      4m 29s
    10. Drawing a continuous arc
      5m 28s
    11. Drawing a looping spiral
      6m 5s
    12. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 20s
    13. Joining open paths
      7m 31s
    14. Aligning and joining points
      6m 34s
    15. Drawing concentric circles
      4m 41s
    16. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      5m 34s
  5. 1h 4m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the shape tools
      3m 5s
    3. The traceable Tonalpohualli
      2m 52s
    4. Drawing circles
      4m 38s
    5. Enhanced Smart Guides
      4m 1s
    6. Aligning to a key object
      4m 29s
    7. Creating polygons and stars
      5m 4s
    8. Using the Measure tool
      3m 47s
    9. The Select Similar and Arrange commands
      3m 56s
    10. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 8s
    11. The amazing constraint axes
      5m 26s
    12. Grouping and ungrouping
      3m 35s
    13. Flipping and duplicating
      4m 12s
    14. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      5m 24s
    15. Cutting and connecting with Scissors and Join
      3m 31s
    16. Tilde-key goofiness
      2m 53s
  6. 1h 41m
    1. The ingredients of life
      54s
    2. Fill and Stroke settings
      4m 22s
    3. Transparency grid and paper color
      5m 47s
    4. The None attribute
      5m 4s
    5. Color libraries and sliders
      3m 39s
    6. Industry-standard colors
      4m 38s
    7. Using CMYK for commercial output
      6m 39s
    8. Using RGB for the web
      7m 23s
    9. Color palette tips and tricks
      7m 18s
    10. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 35s
    11. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      6m 46s
    12. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 38s
    13. Dragging and dropping swatches
      5m 0s
    14. Paste in Front, Paste in Back
      4m 54s
    15. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 28s
    16. Pasting between layers
      4m 41s
    17. Joins, caps, and dashes
      6m 50s
    18. Fixing strokes and isolating edits
      7m 12s
    19. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 57s
  7. 1h 50m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 20s
    2. From primitive to polished art
      2m 42s
    3. Using the Blob brush
      5m 46s
    4. Resizing the brush and erasing
      4m 15s
    5. Selection limits and methods of merging
      6m 39s
    6. Cloning and auto-duplicating
      6m 45s
    7. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      3m 7s
    8. Moving by the numbers
      5m 15s
    9. Using the Reshape tool
      7m 47s
    10. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 43s
    12. Styling and eyedropping
      5m 28s
    13. Making a black-and-white template
      2m 27s
    14. Scale and clone
      4m 57s
    15. Enlarge and stack
      5m 46s
    16. Positioning the origin point
      6m 59s
    17. Using the Rotate tool
      3m 55s
    18. Using the Reflect tool
      4m 15s
    19. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      6m 48s
    20. Rotating by the numbers
      6m 12s
    21. Transforming the tile patterns
      7m 52s
  8. 2h 4m
    1. Next-generation text wrangling
      55s
    2. Placing a text document
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a new text block
      6m 1s
    4. Working with point text
      3m 57s
    5. Selecting the perfect typeface
      5m 48s
    6. Scaling and positioning type
      8m 57s
    7. Leading, tracking, and lots of shortcuts
      5m 54s
    8. Adjusting pair kerning
      6m 55s
    9. Eyedropping formatting attributes
      3m 54s
    10. Flowing text from one block to another
      8m 28s
    11. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      7m 39s
    12. Rendering the text in graphite
      5m 55s
    13. Creating a scribbly drop shadow
      5m 17s
    14. Advanced formatting and bullets
      7m 43s
    15. Setting Area Type options
      4m 57s
    16. Justification and the Every-line Composer
      5m 52s
    17. OpenType and ligatures
      7m 19s
    18. Fractions, numerals, and ordinals
      9m 7s
    19. Swashes and small caps
      5m 40s
    20. The amazing Glyphs palette
      8m 12s
  9. 1h 18m
    1. Points are boys, handles are girls
      1m 20s
    2. Placing an image as a tracing template
      6m 56s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided path
      6m 8s
    4. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      6m 50s
    5. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      9m 7s
    6. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 29s
    7. Defining a cusp between two curves
      6m 59s
    8. Replicating and reshaping segments
      8m 30s
    9. Converting anchor points
      7m 55s
    10. Deleting stray anchor points
      5m 1s
    11. Separating and closing paths
      5m 43s
    12. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 55s
  10. 1h 40m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 34s
    2. Exploring the Appearance palette
      9m 54s
    3. Snip and Spin
      8m 3s
    4. Adding a center point
      4m 12s
    5. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 42s
    6. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      5m 54s
    7. Saving and recalling selections
      6m 20s
    8. Rotating is a circular operation
      8m 32s
    9. Lassoing and scaling points
      5m 28s
    10. Using the Transform Each command
      4m 11s
    11. Using the Magic Wand tool
      8m 1s
    12. Eyedropping live effects
      9m 58s
    13. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 50s
    14. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      7m 59s
    15. Scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      5m 16s
    16. Expand before you merge
      4m 17s
  11. 1h 26m
    1. The new pleasures of printing
      44s
    2. Outlines and artboards in CS4
      7m 35s
    3. Setting trim size and bleed
      7m 17s
    4. Creating custom dynamic crop marks
      3m 41s
    5. Working with the Separations Preview palette
      7m 42s
    6. Trapping an object with an overprint stroke
      8m 20s
    7. Placing multiple artboards into InDesign
      5m 17s
    8. Working with the Print Tiling tool
      4m 55s
    9. Setting the General Print options
      6m 9s
    10. Setting printer marks
      5m 16s
    11. PostScript-only output and graphics
      9m 10s
    12. The Color Management options
      6m 56s
    13. Adjusting the Flattener settings
      7m 32s
    14. Setting the Raster Effects resolution
      5m 32s
  12. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator does pixels
      51s
    2. Illustrator, PDF, and Save As formats
      8m 15s
    3. Saving an illustration for the web
      6m 13s
    4. Saving a continuous-tone JPEG image
      10m 1s
    5. Saving a high-contrast GIF graphic
      6m 26s
    6. The versatile PNG format
      4m 45s
    7. Saving a scaleable Flash (SWF) graphic
      11m 0s
    8. Opening and placing an Illustrator file in Photoshop
      12m 44s
    9. Exporting a layered PSD from Illustrator
      12m 57s
    10. Exporting to Microsoft Office and PowerPoint
      7m 24s
    11. Sharing with InDesign, Flash, and Photoshop
      12m 12s
  13. 1m 4s
    1. Until next time
      1m 4s

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